May one leave a Shir Lama’alos card in a room where one will have marital intimacy?

* This article is an excerpt from the above Sefer

May one leave a Shir Lama’alos card in a room where one will have marital intimacy?[1]

Hanging cards: Shir Lama’alos cards, which are typically hung in the room of a newborn, are permitted to remain in the room where one will have marital intimacy, provided that they are in a double covering. [The plastic lamination does not serve as a single covering, as explained in Halacha D, however those who are lenient have upon whom to rely. However, a glass frame does serve as a single cover, and taping a piece of paper over it can serve as a double covering.[2] If they do not contain a glass covering, then two sheets of paper are to be placed over them.] If one cannot place it in a double covering, then it is required to be removed from the room during intimacy, otherwise the intimacy is forbidden.

Attached to wall: If the card is properly attached to the actual wall [with glue or a nail on top and bottom, as opposed to hanging from a nail], then one may suffice with a single non-transparent covering.[3] [Hence, if one glued a Shir Lama’alos poster to the wall, it suffices to cover it with a single sheet of paper, even if it does not contain a laminated covering.] 

[1] Taharas Yisrael 240:58; Piskeiy Teshuvos 240:19; ; Nitei Gavriel 63:2

Other opinions: Some Poskim rule that such cards do not require any covering, as they are not made for learning purposes but rather as Segulas, and thus do not have Kedusha. [Beis Yisrael 36; See also Chavos Yair 184 regarding printed Sefarim]


[2] Piskeiy Teshuvos ibid; See Halacha D regarding the validity of a transparent covering

[3] Conclusion of Admur 40:5 and Taz 286:5 regarding a Mezuzah; Ma’amar Mordechai 40:2; Zivcheiy Tzedek 2:38; Piskeiy Teshuvos regarding Bedieved; Sheyikadesh Atzmo 32:6 regarding even Lechatchila; See Halacha J for the full details and other Halachic opinions on this matter

Other opinions: Some Poskim rule that it is to always have a double covering even when attached to the wall. [1st opinion brought in Admur; M”A 40:2; Chesed Le’avraham; Taharas Yisrael ibid; Kaf Hachaim 40:13 and Piskeiy Teshuvos ibid concludes it is best to be stringent]

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